Windows XP on PowerBook G4

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  1. trolemac macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    please try to help me.

    im new user, and i got powerbook g4.
    i need to install windows xp on my Powerbook g4 till tomorrow...

    i tried to install parallels but it say that i cant run this program on my mac,
    please, someone know diffrent way to get it work?!

    i have:
    PowerBook G4 1.67ghz 512mb

    thank you.
    tom
    :)
     
  2. Surf and Turf macrumors regular

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    you could try virtual pc, i think the latest version is 7. I could be wrong. This will lag big time...trust me. Boot up times alone take awhile, let alone trying to run mathcad or similar numbers crunching program.
     
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  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    You need an Intel Mac to run Windows XP via a Boot Camp install or virtualised through Parallels. Your PowerBook doesn't support either because it uses a PowerPC processor.

    You can run XP on your PowerBook by purchasing either Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac (no, it's not the free one, VPC:mac costs a fair bit of cash) or using a similar emulator such as Qemu. These are emulating an X86 processor within your PowerPC Mac and as such make Windows run very, very slowly - I believe at around 533MHz P3 speeds - fine for small applications but not for anything more demanding.
     
  5. macman2790 macrumors 6502a

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    trolemac, this is probably some very disturbing news. Did you just purchase your powerbook?
     
  6. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WOW...
    thank you very much for really quick responses.

    i think that i need to buy the VM 7 like most of you said...
    i just need to run very small application.

    macman2790, i bought this PowerBook G4 about 6 months ago,
    so its not so bad... ;)
     
  7. Surf and Turf macrumors regular

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    It is so not worth buying.... I would give you my copy
     
  8. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    it is again me, i install Windows XP with Qemu like Chundles said. (thank you Chundles)

    but the installation process time take me about 7 hours (!!!!):confused: (!!!!)
    this is fine ?!!

    with Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac V7 (the new one),
    it will be the same?!

    thank you,
    tom
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It will probably take less time, Qemu is a free emulator, Virtual PC is the best around but it costs money. At least, I think that's what you're asking - whether VPC will take less time to set up than Qemu. It's a bit difficult to make sense of your post but I think I figured it out.
     
  11. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    im sorry about my english...
    you was right i asked if it will take less time to set up Windows xp.

    but also, i would like to know if it will run the application faster then
    Qemu?

    thank you.
    tom
     
  12. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    i just bought Virtual Pc v7 from microsoft.

    i installed windows xp and it work ok , just one problem the application that i need to open with Virtual Pc need 750MHz speed. and, if i look at "My Computer" -> Properties. i can see only 686 processor , 131 Mhz 256 MB RAM.

    and the application that i use required P3 750 Mhz, 128 MB Minimum.

    there is somthing that i can do?!
    can i add more Mhz speed to Win xp pro with virtual pc v7?

    thanks,
    tom
     
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  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    There is nothing you can do.
    VirtualPC is a hardware emulator and it emaulates very old hardware.
     
  15. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Sorry mate, that's as good as you're going to get I'm afraid, even on a G5-base Mac you still wouldn't get it to run fast enough.

    Windows on a Mac is really only suited to Intel-based machines. You say you bought it 6 months ago, was it second hand?
     
  16. trolemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :(

    no i bought it new on Apple.com it cost me almost 2000$.

    if i will set up windows 98 se do you guys think that it work faster?!
    like 750 Mhz...
    :)
     
  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Wait, did you buy it refurbished? Because the PowerBook (apart from the 12" which disappeared a little later when the MacBook came out) was discontinued in January.

    It's really not likely to get any faster than it is - basically your machine is unsuitable for running anything but the most basic of Windows applications. The version of Windows you install will run faster but it will still be emulating the old slow hardware.
     
  18. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Windows 98, or even Windows 2000 will perform much better in VPC. However, since it's still a hardware emulator, you will see the same hardware specs no matter what version of the OS you have installed. The bloat in WinXP simply cripples an already handicapped app that is VPC.
     
  19. damaxer macrumors newbie

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    help me!!!!

    i have try to do it with qemu but
    there is notification:
    boot from cdrom failed
    fatal: could not read the boot disk

    can you help me because my laptop same like yours
    please tell me the configuration in qemu and the steps....
    thanks
     
  20. mister345 macrumors newbie

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    virtual pc 7 for mac

    Hi, I have a G4 1.67 GHz power pc as well, with 2 GB ram.
    I have Virtual pc 7, and tried to install a recent version of
    windows xp professional version, but it always gets to the point
    in the installation process of "installing post SP3 components,"
    and then gives me an error message, "this cpu does not have streaming
    simd extensions support", and stops there.

    Never mind running slow, it seems like my physical mac just doesn't
    have what it takes to install the damn software in teh first place. But isn't
    that what virtual pc is supposed to be for?
    Does anyone know if it's really possible to install this on my mac?
    Thanks.

    Greg
     
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